Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality Led by Reps. Pressley, Omar, Bass, Lee

Jun 3, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus led by Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) is endorsing a resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force led by Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Ilhan Omar (MN-05), in partnership with Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). The endorsement of the resolution comes after the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, as well as the recent murder of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville, Kentucky and the historic nationwide protests for justice.

“We stand in solidarity with our siblings in the Congressional Black Caucus in condemning police violence and we are committed to the cause of equal justice under law,” said Chairman Castro. “Black people and Latinos have been brutalized for centuries, and this resolution is the start of a more just future. The folks protesting in the streets are the loud voices of people long silenced — now is the time for concrete action on police reform. Together we will overcome this crisis.”

In addition to calling on the House of Representatives to condemn all acts of police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force, the resolution calls for the adoption of reforms and policies at all levels of government to end these injustices including:

  1. Efforts to improve oversight and independent investigations to hold individual law enforcement officers and police departments accountable,
  2. Calling on the Department of Justice to reassert its statutory authority to investigate individual instances of racial profiling, police brutality and violence and investigate and litigate individual law enforcement officers and police departments routinely violating civil rights;
  3. Supporting efforts to establishing all-civilian review boards with the authority to investigate incidents of police misconduct to ensure community-level oversight, accountability, and disciplinary action of police officers; and
  4. The adoption of sound and unbiased law enforcement policies at all levels of government that reduce the disparate impact of police brutality, racial profiling and use of force on Black and Brown people and other historically marginalized communities.

Original Cosponsors (50): Adams, Bonamici, Butterfield, Castro, Chu, Clark, Clarke, Clyburn, Connolly, Cox, Doyle, Escobar, Eshoo, Espaillat, Fudge, Garcia (IL) Grijalva, Hastings, Hayes, Horsford, Huffman, Jayapal, Jeffries, Johnson (TX), Johnson (GA), Kelly, Kennedy, Khanna, Maloney, McCollum, McGovern, Meeks, Meng, Nadler, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Pingree, Pocan, Raskin, Richmond, Schakowsky, Tlaib, Trahan, Underwood, Velazquez, Wasserman-Schultz, Watson Coleman, Welch. 

Full text of the resolution can be found here and additional information here.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.